WASHINGTON -- Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) received a dressing down Monday from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who accused the freshman senator of using the ethics reform issue for "self-interested partisan posturing."
In a sarcastic letter, McCain accused Obama, the Senate Democrats' new lead spokesman on ethics, of not wanting to sincerely negotiate a bipartisan reform of lobbying. (McCain mocks Obama)
Well. 2008 so soon? Mehlman attacks Hillary on Sunday; McCain attacks Obama on Monday.
Yep, Sen. McCain, the wannabe president, finally pulled his disjointed nose from W.'s buttcheeks for some "straight talk." And for what? To stand up on his hind legs and demand the criminal king's impeachment?
Why, no; to pitch a hissy fit because Democrats won't be drawn into sharing the blame for Republican corruption. And, more specifically, to attack a Democratic senator who could stand in the way of McCain's 2008 ambition.
But why the irrational outburst of anger, now, Senator?
We know you must go to bed every night and wake up every morning still seething at your nemesis W. and his political henchmen who, in typical Republican fashion, muddied and sullied you in the 2000 primaries.
I feel your anger -- anger you now direct at someone other than the man before whom you have, grudgingly but grinningly, prostrated yourself on a regular basis for nearly six long years.
There is a word for your behavior, Senator. It's called displacement, a defense mechanism by which one transfers emotions and reactions away from the source and toward something or someone else.
Luckily for you, there is treatment for your condition, but you must act quickly. 2008 is just around the corner -- but I don't need to tell you that. So lose the anger. Heed the words of your favorite party patsy, Ms Mehlman, who recently remarked, "voters dislike angry candidates".
And, after you deal with the displaced anger, your newfound freedom will allow you to move on to a more difficult inner battle: regaining the self-respect you sacrificed on the altar of political expediency.
See McCain and Obama letters, Feb. 2-6, 2006